Best of my Blogs

Selam G.
3 min readDec 13, 2018


Hi there! Welcome to my blog and thanks for reading. I’m a robotics engineer by day and I write for free at night, so every reader means a lot to me. I like writing about African music, politics, and culture, about robotics and hardware engineering, about the mixed experience, and occasionally random things in my daily life which inspire me.

I used to write for MIT Admissions, and we had a section for the “best of the blogs”. I thought I’d do something similar: here’s a list of what I consider the best of the best so far, if you want to skip all the fluff.

Editor’s Picks

Posts I think are particularly good, irrespective of anyone else.

An explainer on systemic inequality in the tax code.

A frank discussion about federal funding and ethics in hardware engineering.

Citizen journalism.

A humor essay — also a pretty good primer on my worldview.

A raw and emotional essay on the futility of buying stuff in the face of racist, sexist violence (not actually a listicle).

A fictional short story, based in part on real stories from my home region in rural Ethiopia.

Posts That Did Well

Posts that run up the numbers.

A post about robots that was recommended by Medium curators.

A written (and illustrated) glossary of terms and a discussion about the mixed experience.

An in-depth discussion of the SFFA v. Harvard College lawsuit, and a shift in how Asian Americans identify.

The original blog post “Remove Richard Stallman”, a complaint about an MIT visiting researcher, is my most-read post ever. I actually did not include it here since it was a such a flash point for people (and really not what I want to be known for….) but the Appendix contains stories from 30 years of MIT women and a broader description about what’s wrong with STEM culture, and that’s what I wish people would read instead (or at least in addition).

One of my most popular critique pieces on African music, which is something I hope everyone who reads this blog learns more about!

Please let me know about anything at all through a feedback form of your choice — claps, responses, or even an email to You can find more of me (if you so desire) on twitter or my personal website.

Last updated October 25th, 2022



Selam G.

MIT grad, robotics engineer, mixed. A place I write.